coun·try·wide | \ˈkən-trē-ˈwīd \

Definition of countrywide 

: extending throughout a country

Examples of countrywide in a Sentence

The murders attracted countrywide attention.

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Officials and experts who have studied the crime wave have noted other possible causes, including access to drugs and cutbacks to social services resulting from countrywide austerity measures. New York Times, "Amid London’s Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at ‘Drill,’ a Bleak Style of Rap Music," 1 June 2018 No, the 1970s were an era of countrywide flux, where women’s rights, cultural mores, and national expectations were all subject to immediate, unexpected, jarring change., "American Woman Review: Kyle Richards’ 70s Romp Is TV’s Breeziest New Show," 7 June 2018 Mexico’s endemic corruption, using money saved to pay for a major public works program, as well as pensions for old people and monthly wages for a countrywide apprenticeship program for two million unemployed young people. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘Tropical Messiah’: A Trump-Style Politician Is Mexican Presidential Front Runner," 30 May 2018 According to 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 60 percent of head chefs and cooks in restaurants across the country are white, while blacks make up 11.6 percent of the countrywide total for the industry. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 2018 This ongoing countrywide celebration, part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, includes a variety of activities. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "A Year of Cultural Celebrations in Europe," 27 Apr. 2018 An Indian public bus burns during countrywide protests against a Supreme Court order seen as diluting protections afforded to lower castes. Huizhong Wu, CNN, "8 killed as widespread Indian caste protests turn violent," 2 Apr. 2018 Austria has for about a decade allowed 16-year-olds to vote in most countrywide elections. Jens Olav Dahlgaard, Washington Post, "The surprising consequence of lowering the voting age," 1 Mar. 2018 On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan government issued a countrywide state of emergency after tensions arose between Sinhalese Buddhist and Muslim communities in Kandy, a city in the Central Province. Andrea Sachs,, "Sri Lanka issues a state of emergency, but most of the country is safe for visitors," 12 Mar. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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: happening or existing in all parts of a country

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